From peacekeeping to PRTs - Marking 50 years since Pearson's Nobel Peace Prize



    OTTAWA, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - It's voices of experience that help
Canadians understand an original idea in a contemporary context says the
Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC), 50 years after Lester B. Pearson received
the Nobel Peace Prize for helping create the world's first peacekeeping force.
The PPC brings together military, civilian and police perspectives today in
Ottawa at an event with the National Press Club entitled "From Peacekeeping to
PRTs".
    "Whether you get the call for Afghanistan, Haiti, Darfur or elsewhere,
achieving peace and security goals today is a complex proposition," says
Suzanne Monaghan, President of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. "Ours is a
tradition of practical peace broker - a tradition that is alive and well in
the dozens of countries where Canadian soldiers, police officers and
humanitarians are working every day. It's also a role we sometimes struggle to
understand in a contemporary context."
    Today's event will provide a forum for several distinguished speakers to
share their experiences and reflect on the way changing conflict is shaping
the way Canadian military, police and civilians contribute to peace operations
around the world.
    Moderated by Global TV's Peter Harris, speakers will include
Brigadier-General David Fraser of the Canadian Forces, Chief Superintendent
David Beer of the RCMP and Mirwais Nahzat of the World University Service of
Canada. The event will be introduced by PPC Director and former CBC
correspondent David Halton and Dr. Ann Livingstone, Vice-President of Research
and Education at the PPC.
    The event will draw on Canada's current engagement in Afghanistan but
also include reflections on the nation's experience as it has differed in
every mission over the years from 1956 to the anticipated UN deployment in
Darfur.
    The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre teaches and trains those who serve in
conflict zones around the world, for more information visit
www.peaceoperations.org.




For further information:

For further information: Kelly Acton, Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Cell
(613) 327-0899, kacton@peaceoperations.org

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